Bike Shorts, June 3, 2019

10 Jun 2019 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Happy World Bicycle Day – June 3

https://www.un.org/en/events/bicycleday/

Tour Director news

1. Registration for Day Tours

2. The Rides (June 4-10)

3. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9 pm

4. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

5. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

6. Safety tip from Monna

7. Diversions – Monday, June 10, New Members Welcome event

8. KNBC website

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Tour Director news

1. Registration for Day Tours

Registration for day tours is fast and easy. We ask that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

2. The Rides (June 4-10)

Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

Tour leaders are reminded if there are any changes to their ride to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460 

5 June 2019

L1 - 2 Rivers and a Canal - 43.5 km

L2 - Merrickville - 50.5 km

L3 - 2 Mills & 2 'Villes - 82 km

L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

8 June 2019

L2 - Carleton Place - 75.5 km

L3 - Perth - 78.5 km

L4 - Pakenham - 88 km

9 June 2019

No rides currently scheduled for 9 June. If rides are offered for this date, they will be added to the KNBC Calendar.

Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

3. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9pm

When: Saturday 15 June, 7-9pm

Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

Details: Back by popular demand, tour leader training is scheduled for Saturday 15 June in the community room of Brown's Your Independent Grocer, 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

Who: This training is highly recommended for new tour leaders, potential tour leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season. It is also very useful for those who have been a tour leader for some time and would like a refresher

RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

4. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28

When: Friday June 28, 7-9pm

Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the Second half of the season (July-September). It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead. Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

Here is a link to the KNBC Library of Day Tours https://knbc.ca/page-18435

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

• Date;

• Ride name and # as it appears in the Club Library;

• Start location;

• Start time;

• Distance;

• Level;

If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

5. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

Please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub. L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

Registration not required. Simply show up and look for the fun loving group of KNBC cyclists.

Start = 6:15pm behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

Please Note: These are impromptu rides. As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit. They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group.

Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.

If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

6. Safety tip from Monna – Stop safely

When choosing a place to stop (rest, re-group, confirm directions, mechanical etc.), PLEASE clear the intersection (where 80% of bike/car accidents occur), and choose a safe location where EVERYONE in your group can GET OFF THE ROAD. Use driveways, parking lots or wide shoulders as appropriate. Also be mindful of pedestrians, and do not block sidewalks. On scorching hot days - shade is important - BUT NOT at the cost of safety.

7. Diversions



Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15, Multi-day tour Hudson-Montreal

This ride was done in 2015 and 2016 as a 2 day ride. An additional day has been added in Montreal this year.

Departure time is 10 AM on Friday from Hudson. Our meeting is the municipal parking lot where cars may be left at no charge. Overnight bags will be transported to our hotel in Montreal and back to Hudson on Sunday.

Our route will cross the Ottawa River to Oka then travel via Laval, Ile Bizard, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Lakeshore Drive, and the Lachine Canal to our hotel in the centre of Montreal. This route uses portions of Quebec’s Route Verte and is primarily bike paths or quiet roads with bike lanes. The route is 99km long and will be suitable for L2+ riders who are comfortable doing this distance.

On Saturday we will be doing an urban route of 4-5 hours within Montreal which will include the Old Port area and Le Plateau. Part of this route is known as the ‘smoked meat and bagel’ route. This will be casual cycling using Montreal’s bike path and bike lane system.

On Sunday we return to Hudson using the same route we took on Friday. We will leave around 9:30 AM and expect to be in Hudson around 3 PM.

The sign-up deadline is July 31. Contact Steve Caron for additional details.

Video: Car tunnels are sooooo 1968 (38 sec)

https://www.facebook.com/fietsprofessor/videos/2506757242689848/

Article: Become a Strava artist

https://www.welovecycling.com/wide/2017/12/15/become-strava-artist-like-canadian-stephen-lund/

News item: Proposed pedestrian and bike ferry between Prescott, ON and Ogdensburg, NY

Discussions between Ogdensburg and Prescott, Ontario, involving the creation of a pedestrian and bike ferry across the St. Lawrence River are going full steam ahead, with a chance for a trial run of the proposed service as early as summer.

The idea of a seasonal ferry carrying only pedestrians and bicyclists — no cars — has been proposed as a way to foster cultural ties and boost tourism between the two border towns.

Ogdensburg City Manager Sarah Purdy said discussions are underway to potentially launch two trial runs of such a service on separate weekends this summer. However, she cautioned there are a number of details still to work out, especially when it comes to ensuring that U.S. and Canadian security protocols are met.

Notice: Ottawa Garmin Cycling Group

Free to join. It was setup to encourage cyclist to connect using their devices and to enjoy the outdoors through cycling.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/GarminCycling/

8. KNBC Website

Road ID reminder

Our discount code for RoadID is good till June 17.  That’ll get you 20% off your entire order. Code is KNBC19

NCC Pathway Status

Check the Home Page for frequent updates on the status of the NCC pathways and Gatineau Park. 

Checking Your Ride

We're getting questions on how to see who's joining you on your ride. On each of the calendar pages, just click the ride you're interested in, that should bring up the ride description. On the left panel you'll see the following items: When - Location - Registered.  

The Registered line will either show how many people are registered, or if nobody is, it will show "Be the first". The text in lime green is a clickable link which will bring you to the list of registered riders. 

If you have already registered, it will also present you with a "Cancel" button. 

Rule of thumb, if you see some text in Lime Green, it's probably a link — click it. 

9. Top rated Adult Bicycle Helmets from Consumer Reports

Suggested by Sam Ludmer

A bicycle helmet should be tried-on before purchasing it, to ensure that it feels comfortable and fits properly. Because head shape is unique, a particular size from one manufacturer might fit better than the same size from another manufacturer. If a trial fit is not possible, make sure it can be returned in case it does not fit properly. Testing done at Virginia Tech sponsored by insurance companies, published by Consumer Reports.

US dollar pricing. Not all models available in Canada.

OVERALL SCORE 88

Scott Arx Plus

Recommended

Price: $125

This Adult helmet comes in 3 size(s) and rated Excellent in our impact testing. With the number (4) and type of features for adjusting the retention strap, it provides an excellent ability to customize the fit. And with an approximate weight of 270 grams, the weight of this helmet is considered best relative to other helmets tested.

OVERALL SCORE 85

Cannondale CAAD MIPS

Recommended

Price: $80.00

This Adult helmet comes in 2 size(s) and rated Excellent in our impact testing. With the number (3) and type of features for adjusting the retention strap, it provides a good ability to customize the fit. And with an approximate weight of 330 grams, the weight of this helmet is considered better relative to other helmets tested.

OVERALL SCORE 85

Giro Register MIPS

Recommended

Price: $65.00

This Adult helmet comes in 1 size(s) and rated Excellent in our impact testing. With the number (2) and type of features for adjusting the retention strap, it provides a good ability to customize the fit. And with an approximate weight of 292 grams, the weight of this helmet is considered better relative to other helmets tested.

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Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC